Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
World News | By Penny Hart

AG Rosenstein sees no reason to fire Mueller

AG Rosenstein sees no reason to fire Mueller

US President Donald Trump is considering terminating special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to lead the FBI investigation into Russia's alleged ties to the 2016 US presidential election.

"If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said", he said.

"The people in the administration were quick to reach out to me and say Chris Ruddy doesn't speak for this administration", he said.

Mr Trump's friend Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax, went even further, suggesting the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mr Mueller.

Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein was praised for the Mueller appointment.

Rosenstein added, "Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence he needs to conduct the investigation appropriately", adding that he hadn't communicated with Mueller since he was appointed as special counsel role.

Reports emerged that President Donald Trump may sack special counsel Robert Mueller.

"He actually does not know what we're investigating and I'm not going to talk about it publicly", he said. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto". "I personally think it would be a significant mistake".

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Democratic senators repeatedly criticized Sessions for dispatching Rosenstein to testify Tuesday in his place about the Justice Department's budget to an Appropriations subcommittee.

Trump refused to respond to a reporter asking four times Tuesday whether he will fire Mueller, potentially trying to create some suspense.

Although Ruddy, who said he spoke to the president by phone over the weekend, said he personally thought it would be a mistake to take that step, other Trump cheerleaders, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., have begun assailing Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director with a sterling reputation.

Mr Sessions was revealed to have met the Russian ambassador twice a year ago, meetings that he did not indicate during the Senate confirmation hearing approving his appointment.

Former FBI director is too close to his successor, James Comey, to be impartial. He made the comments after being seen leaving the White House Monday.

"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said in an interview Monday with Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour".

White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the White House that day, but said he hadn't meet with the president and never spoke with him about the issue.

If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump. In what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre, President Richard Nixon ordered then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox.

Ruddy appeared to be basing his assessment on comments by Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's personal legal team, on ABC News on Sunday, according to the Post.

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